State Theatre New Jersey

Celebrating 100 Years

Celebrating 100 Years

Sarah Chaplin

A Letter From the President & CEO

After 18 months of closure, we are thrilled to return to the magic, inspiration, and power of live performances! While the pandemic halted our live in-person performances in 2020 and part of 2021, it did not stop us from moving forward. During this time, not only did we provide virtual programming to keep you entertained and engaged, but we also used this time to advance our long-planned renovations to the 100-year-old theater.  

The arts are more important than ever in our recovery as a community, and we are happy to welcome you to our newly renovated theater, enjoying the updated lobbies, all new restrooms with touchless technology, upgraded HVAC systems, a new elevator for access to all levels, and brand-new theater seats.  

We remain steadfast in our commitment to you to provide a place of entertainment, education, laughter, and relief. We will continue our mission of offering a diverse roster of world-class entertainment, including Broadway, comedy, dance, pop, rock, family events, international orchestras, and more. Please view our calendar of events and check back often as we will be adding shows throughout this season. We also look forward to hosting students, teachers, and members of the community for our education and community engagement programs including school performances, the Milk & Cookies music and storytelling series, and Sensory-Friendly performances.   

To receive the latest news and updates on our performances, 100th Anniversary special events, just-added programs, and special offers, please sign up for our e-news.  

Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Sarah Chaplin Signature

Sarah K. Chaplin
President & CEO

Photo of Sarah K. Chaplin © Alexandra Pais


The State Theatre in in 1939


Built in 1921 and designed by renowned architect Thomas Lamb, the historic State Theatre thrived well into the 1960s. Transformed back into a handsome facility for live performance after a period of neglect, the venue reopened as a non-profit performing arts center in April 1988, and the press and public raved about its visual and acoustical splendors. Learn more about our history over the last 100 years.


Foreigner performs onstage

Centennial Series

Join us for these very special not-to-be-missed shows as we celebrate the historic State Theatre’s 100th Anniversary and reopening in a fully renovated theater. This Centennial Series will feature the biggest names in music, comedy, dance, and more. Many of the shows will have VIP experiences, special pre-show events, behind-the-scenes looks, and more. 


A wedding in the State Theatre Heldrich Room

Share Your Story

We are kicking off our yearlong celebration by collecting and sharing personal stories related to the State Theatre from patrons, donors, staff, community leaders, and more.  We want to hear  your story!  You can also upload photos—and you might see your story featured on our social media channels, in commemoration of State Theatre's anniversary in 2021! 




Check out our blog for show previews, artist interviews, event features, and much more.


STNJ Podcasts

STNJ Podcasts

Listen to our exclusive artist interviews for behind-the-scene stories and a closer look into our exciting upcoming performances and events.


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